What will you do?
Adil Zarkan started at delaware last year. After an in-depth month of training (to get to know everything about the company), he set to work on various small assignments specific to his technology, during an intensive Dynamics training course. After a couple of weeks, he was assigned to his first full-time project. “The technology they used was completely new to me, even though I did a specialization in Business & IT."
Adil is still working on his first full-time project. “As this project is on a full-time basis, you gain a very deep connection with your customer.” What Adil remembers most about his first project is the ‘Go-Live’: “It’s the point at which code moves from the test environment to the production environment, so in other words the system becomes available for use. We were with a total of about 20 delaware consultants who were working for the client, and we managed to deliver - in true delaware fashion - on time. It was quite an experience and a cool bonding moment. The customer was satisfied, and so were we!”
A day in the life of a consultant
Adil usually arrives at the office around 8 o’clock. He works on his tasks, deals with his e-mails and attends some meetings. Then, it’s time for lunch, before carrying on in the afternoon: “We also have team meetings on a regular basis during which we update everyone about the status of developments, and we organize extra meetings if we have to solve a specific problem.” You can opt for a fixed schedule or more flexibility: it’s up to you to manage your daily routine.
Adil is part of the Dynamics Development team. On average, 2 to 3 people from the team are working together on a particular project. “There will always be a few colleagues in the office, but most of the time we are on site with our customers, who can be all over Belgium and even abroad.” Adil continues: “The relationship with colleagues within the Dynamics team is very open.” Consultants make up the biggest share of the team, followed by senior consultants and lead experts. “That’s a good balance because the more experienced and senior consultants have a lot of knowledge, and it’s easily transferred to juniors this way.”
When Adil started in September, he took a deep dive into a month of training which covered both general topics and domain-specific topics: “At Dynamics the training consists of one big integrated exercise, during which we look at the different steps and technical platforms with which you can build an app.” Adil: “Knowledge sharing is very important. Moreover, you have the possibility to obtain certifications (via self-study). We have team meetings on a regular basis, where we share updates on the newest trends in technology. It’s all about being the link between business and IT, and in that respect you learn from everyone, both functionally and technically.”
Tips & tricks
To conclude, Adil wanted to share some insights he has gained during his first year at delaware:
- Don’t take it too seriously 🙂
- Don’t be afraid to jump into the unknown, and take your time: try to figure things out on your own first, but if it doesn’t work don’t hesitate to ask for help.